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siddharthx64 07-25-2012 03:35 PM

Multiple Thunderbird setups Solution across OSes

I need help with unifying my thunderbird accounts in a single laptop. i have one laptop, with 2 OSes (Fedora 16 and Linux Mint) and Both have thunderbird 13.0.1.

I want to be able to use both thunderbirds without causing any problems with each other. I use pop3, and I do not want to switch to IMAP to achieve this

What I mean is, mail downloaded from one OS must not become unavailable when I am using thunderbird from the other OS. Both Thunderbird softwares on Mint and fedora must show all the mail.

how do I set about achieving this?
Any help is greatly appreciated

273 07-25-2012 04:38 PM

I cannot recommend this, and it may well cause problems and you must back up your mail completely before trying it:
You could try to open your profile directory on your Windows drive, or the Mail directory within it, under Linux and set it as Thunderbird's profile.
I did this years ago with a Windows 2000 NTFS drive and Ubtunu and it did work but occasionally Windows would complain about the NTFS drive's metadata. No idea how dangerous it is now.

siddharthx64 07-26-2012 03:33 PM


Originally Posted by 273 (Post 4737964)
You could try to open your profile directory on your Windows drive,

I do not have Windows in my laptop, 273. Like i said, I have Mint and Fedora 16. Both the Thunderbird software are of the same version number. Is there a way I could make them both use the same mailbox profile?

273 07-26-2012 03:43 PM

I'm sorry, no idea what I was thinking.
Yes, pretty much as I said but ignoring the problems with Windows file systems. Just point both Thunderbird versions at the same profile folder.
I think this may help:

Edit: I tend to share my home directory between whichever distros I'm dual booting and so have shared Thunderbird profiles a few times that way.

siddharthx64 07-26-2012 04:45 PM

Thank you, 273,
Your idea works perfectly!

I did this:

As per the instructions in the link, I copied my profile and my local mail folder to a separate directory on an ntfs partition I had, and pointed the ./.thunderbird/profiles.ini file to the same. Then, I copied this ini file to my other OS. Now, Its as if I am opening the same mail client no matter which OS i am on!
cool! It prevents repetitive downloading of same mail, and missing mail!

Thank you once more!

273 07-26-2012 05:08 PM

You're welcome, just be careful when Thunderbird updates a major version on one system but not the other. I've not lost any email yet but you never know.

siddharthx64 07-26-2012 11:45 PM

I'll keep that in mind, 273!

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